Minamoto Yuritomo Essay

577 words - 2 pages

By the middle of the 12th century the Hein era in Japanese history was winding to a close, as the central government in Kyoto declined. Powerful provincial clans each with an army of loyal retainers schooled in the military virtues of the samurai both families began to vie for ascendancy. Out of this flux, two powerful families emerged the Teri Heike and the Minamoto also known as the Gengi emerged as powerful rivals. Under there, Tari Kiyomori attained power over the Minamoto for a brief period. Minamoto and Tara clans both wanted to control the royal court.It was Yoritomo who at the beginning of the 12th century founded the Kamakara Shoganate. The first of the great Bauk or (''tent governments'') had became the political systems of Japan until the second half of the century. This important historical event along with the equally famous story of Yoritomos tragic rivalry with his brother Yorshtuses combine to create one of the most celebrated stories in Japanese history. The Minamoto and Tara waged a powerful war against one another after the death of the Tara's principal leader minamoto rose to power.In the years immediately proceeding Tara Kiyomori's death. The Minamoto were once again in the process of rising to power. In 1179-1180 even as kiyormori lay on his deathbed the older two brothers and the leader of the minamoto were moving against him by this time Youritomo had won over Hogo Tokiasa the powerful head of the minamoto family to which he had sent a chilled to cement the relation ship by marring tokimasa daughter Mosaka. In the near future many battles will accord resulting in the Gimpi war (1180-1185) Youritomo will help his half brother and the rest of...

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